US-based fast-casual chain Noodles & Company has reached an agreement with DND Group to open ten new venues in Portland, Oregon, expanding the company’s presence in the Pacific Northwest.

The opening of the first location is planned for 2025.

The deal will also see the immediate acquisition of six existing restaurants in the region.

Established in 2007, DND Group operates 56 restaurants across nine US states. Its portfolio includes brands such as Dairy Queen, Zaxby’s, Taco John’s and Paris Baguette.

DND Group president and CEO Dara Dejbakhsh said: “We are excited to add Noodles to our portfolio of brands and bring the brand’s globally inspired dishes and flavours to Portland and the surrounding areas.

“With this new franchise agreement, we are looking forward to further growing Noodles in the Pacific Northwest, where we already successfully operate our other brands.

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“Noodles is one of the strongest brands in the fast-casual space, showcasing remarkable leadership in menu innovation and its people-centric approach.”

The franchise agreement will also focus on Oregon’s populous cities such as Portland, Eugene, Bend and Yakima-Kennewick-Pasco.

The fast-casual chain is also looking to expand its franchise footprint in the southern US in 2024, targeting markets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma.

Noodles & Company CEO Drew Madsen said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with DND Group Inc., which reflects significant progress towards our goal of establishing an even stronger Noodles presence in the Pacific Northwest.

“DND Group Inc has a strong history of exceptional operations, with a team of highly qualified operators, making them an ideal partner to bring the Noodles & Company brand to more communities in Oregon.”

In December 2023 Noodles & Company expanded its menu with the CrispiDays line-up. The new holiday-themed drop included seven limited-edition Crispy flavours.